Greenham Trust has announced the return of its Step Up 4 Good running event, to be held on Sunday 15 October at Greenham Common in Newbury. This is the second year that Greenham Trust has hosted the 10k and family event, which aims to raise money for local causes and Greenham Trust is aiming to replicate the phenomenal success seen last year.

The charity has pledged to match funds raised towards projects on The Good Exchange, an online platform that matches local fundraisers with donors.

There are four races available;

  • Mini Mile for younger children and families
  • 3K Fun Run for older children and families
  • 5K for runners aged 12 and over
  • 10K for runners aged 15 and over

All participants will receive both a t-shirt and a medal. There will be official recorded chip timing set up for every competitor and the first three male and female runners for each race will be awarded trophies and prizes.

Chris Boulton, CEO of Greenham Trust, said: “For more than 20 years, Greenham Trust has been working with the local community, local authorities and other charities to better the lives of the inhabitants of Newbury and surrounding areas.

“Step Up 4 Good is a wonderful event that brings people from all walks of life together to raise money for fantastic causes.

“Seasoned professional, complete beginner, old or young, it really doesn’t matter. Step Up 4 Good is about more than just running; it’s about challenging ourselves, celebrating our community and raising money for the many worthy community projects in our local area.”

“Last year’s event was really well organised and great fun,” said Hannah Thame, a 10K runner in Step Up 4 Good 2016. “It’s such a great feeling, knowing that your entry fee is helping to fund local community projects event. Plus, you get a really nice t-shirt!”

The Berkshire MS Therapy Centre (BMSTC) is one of this year’s participants. The charity supports the health and wellbeing of local people living with multiple sclerosis (MS). The self-funded organisation provided 10,536 treatments to 444 local people in 2016 and needs to raise over £400,000 a year to ensure it can help all the people who turn to the centre. Samantha Harper, fundraising manager for BMSTC, said that events like Step Up 4 Good are key to the charity’s survival.

“With no government or NHS funding, events like this are essential in ensuring the local MS community get the support it needs,” Samantha explained. “Over the years, the support given by Greenham Trust has been totally instrumental in keeping our members moving and ensuring life doesn’t stop with MS. We are very grateful to the support we receive from Greenham Trust and appreciate all their hard work across the region.”

Samantha added: “Many people know someone with MS and we are asking people to join our team. By stepping up for good, participants can help make sure our members with MS get the support they need today and for many years to come.”

Greenham Trust is also inviting local schools to join this year’s Step Up 4 Good fun runs. Primary schools that register ten or more runners in the mini-mile will automatically be entered into a prize draw for £500. The Mini Mile fun run is an ideal opportunity to encourage pupils to fundraise, get active and be involved in a community event.

The race headquarters will be set up at Greenham Business Park and will follow marked routes around Greenham Common, which offers a flat and off-road race route. There will be a range of fitness vendors and local business stalls as well as refreshment stands. There are still stalls available and vendors interested in attending the event should reach out to Greenham Trust.